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Junior Secondary @ Helensvale

Junior secondary includes students in Years 7 to  9 at Helensvale SHS. For our junior secondary students to feel a sense of belonging and be connected and engaged learners, our priorities for junior secondary are:

Leadership: Helensvale SHS supports a leadership program that provides students with the skills that will affect their lives beyond the immediate environment of school, and opportunities to develop ‘moral conviction’ through being able to influence, motivate and serve the needs of others.

Parent and Community Engagement: Evidence clearly makes the link between parental involvement and student achievement and school completion. Parent involvement provides parents with information they need to support their children’s learning and success.

Relationships: Positive and nurturing relationships are seen as being the key to improved student engagement and academic achievement. Research indicates that disengagement from school is not only a precursor to leaving school, but to disengaging from wider social interaction.

Digitally Rich: We live in a rapidly changing world, where young people are exposed to a wide variety of technology and digital devices on a daily basis. Our aim is to provide multiple and varied opportunities for students to develop an ethical understanding of technology and to use digital devices and programs to enhance their learning.

Personalised learning: At Helensvale SHS, our aim is to create a learning environment which encourages students to engage their abilities to the greatest extent possible, including taking risks and building knowledge and skills in what they perceive as a safe, flexible environment.

Wellbeing: Enhanced student wellbeing can contribute to improved academic achievement by increasing student motivation to participate and achieve; student engagement with, and participation in, learning; student attendance; and by decreasing the incidence of problem behaviour at school.  Student engagement, support and resilience building underpins the ethos of our school and is reflected in the teaching and learning.  


Year 8: All students will participate in the Foundation subjects of English, Maths, History and Science.  HPE and Japanese are also compulsory subjects in Year 8.  Students will participate in two other courses of study during Year 8 in The Arts (Drama,  Dance, Music, Visual Art) and Technology (Home Economics: Food, Home Economics: Sewing, Manual Arts, Business and IT).

Year 9: All students will participate in the Foundation subjects of English, Maths, History and Science.  HPE is also a compulsory subject in Year 9.  In 2013, students have the choice of 2 electives in Semester 1 and 2 electives in Semester 2.

Personal Enrichment Program (PEP): PEP is a compulsory course of study for all students at HSHS.  It is a subject that explores student wellbeing through various topics from Years 8 – 12.

Helensvale SHS EXCITE Academic Excellence Program

EXCITE is an academically holistic program of academic excellence in Maths, Science, English and History. Students in EXCITE will be engaged in the core curriculum from the National Curriculum at a deeper level, focussing on the development of Higher Order Thinking skills. 

Helensvale Specialist Excellence Program

Excellence in The Arts includes:

  • Art Excellence
  • Dance Excellence
  • Drama Excellence
  • Music Excellence

Excellence in Sport includes:

  • AFL Excellence
  • Netball Excellence
  • Rugby Union Excellence
  • Soccer Excellence
  • Touch Football Excellence
  • Track and Field Excellence

Excellence in Language includes:

  • Japanese Excellence

Junior Secondary Leadership

Class Leader: Each PEP class nominates a Class Leader on a term by term basis.  These students are given specific responsibilities within that class.

POD Leaders: Each year level is divided into 2 PODs.  Each POD nominates 2 POD Leaders who are given specific leadership roles during the year.

House Captains: House Captains are elected each year to lead their sporting house.

Flag Leader: The Flag Leader is responsible for raising the flags each morning and lowering the flags each afternoon.

Other leadership opportunities arise during the year for all students.  At Helensvale SHS we encourage all students to demonstrate leadership through their actions.

Year 7

Year 7 Building: We are fortunate to have a new building on our school site for our Year 7 students - "Discovery Place".

Playground Area: A playground area specifically for Year 7 students has been established close to the Year 7 Building.

Curriculum: Year 7 students will remain with their class group for a majority of their lessons with a smaller number of teachers.  They will have three Home Teachers who will be responsible for English, History, Maths, Science and HPE/Wellbeing.  Students will also continue to engage with Japanese as a language.

IT: Click on the links to the right for One2One Laptop Program Information.

If you have questions relating to Year 7 at Helensvale SHS, please contact Heidi Booth.